Schembre, C. 2020, DFI Announces Drive-Through Plant Sale, Desert Farming Initiative, University of Nevada, Reno, News

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In response to the current coronavirus crisis that has shut down local farmers markets, nurseries, and other non-essential businesses, the Desert Farming Initiative at the University of Nevada Reno is pleased to offer a way for local gardeners to obtain local, certified organic plant starts.

In May 2020, DFI will launch a new drive-through plant sale that will offer certified organic plant starts to gardeners in the greater Reno area.

How Does It Work?

  1. You select from one of three options containing a variety of different plants grown exclusively by DFI on our certified organic farm. Additional plants or substitutions will not be provided with the order. We plan to offer additional plants for purchase during the pick up.
  2. Choose a day and location to drive by and collect your plant starts.
  3. Enjoy the finest certified organic plant starts Reno-Tahoe has to offer!

Limited to first 100 orders

What are the Options?

SOLD OUT – The Homesteader Package – $45 Our largest offering for families and larger-scale gardeners that have room for a number of different plants.

SOLD OUT – The Gardener Package – $25 Have a small space or only one mouth to feed? This option is for you.

SOLD OUT – The Nightshade Lover Package – $40 Can’t get enough of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants? Get your fix here.

Where Do I Pick Up the Plants?

RENOKnudsten Resource Center Parking lot, UNR Experiment Station off of Valley Road

  • May 9th, 9 am – 1pm
  • May 16th, 9 am – 1pm

CARSON VALLEY (EXACT LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED)

  • May 16th, 9 am – 1 pm

How Do I Order?

Fill out the order form with your package choice and we’ll get in touch with you to facilitate touchless payment.

Did you know that the Desert Farming Initiative has been growing beautiful certified organic plant starts for many small farmers and food organizations in the region for 4 years now?  This year we were planning on extending this service to the gardening community (upon many requests) and had plans to hold multiple plant sales at our farm at the University Experiment Station off of Valley Road in Reno.  With the quarantine directives and restrictions increasing every day, we had to decide to cancel the plant sales at our farm location and get creative.  We want to make sure gardeners have quality plants to grow, and we know that one of the best activities to do during these quarantine efforts is to garden and grow food!  Because we are an initiative to increase local food production in our region we figure we should take action to help make plants available!  All proceeds help fund our program, student employment and internships.

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